[Foundation-l] Heads up: Usability test recruiting underway

Naoko Komura nkomura at wikimedia.org
Tue Mar 10 18:02:53 UTC 2009

Thomas Dalton wrote:
> 2009/3/10 Delphine Ménard <notafishz at gmail.com>:
>> Are there any plans to have usability tests in other languages than
>> English and other "cultures" than "North-American"? It seems to me
>> these two factors actually would play quite a role in the way people
>> interact with the software and probably should be taken into account.
> Presumable the "remote tests" mentioned will be non-North American,
> otherwise I'm not sure the point of remote tests (is there really that
> big a difference between the SF area and the rest of the continent?).
> It does seem it will be all English speaking, though, which is
> unfortunate.
Hi, Delphine and Thomas. 

The Stanton Usability grant has a focus on English Wikipedia, but the 
usability team's intention and wish is to expand the scope so that all 
languages can benefit the usability improvement.  Having said that , we 
only can allocate the research budget in conducting the usability test 
for English Wikipedia.  The site notice you saw for the past few days 
were for the lab tests which take place in San Francisco on March 24th 
and 25th, so we only recruited people who can physically be in the lab 
in San Francisco on those days.  For remote testing, there will be no 
regional constraints.  However as Thomas pointed out, it will be limited 
for English Wikipedia.  Once we establish the methodology of remote 
testing, we would like to share the methodology and perhaps involve 
chapters in funding the usability tests for other languages or find a 
way to conduct usability tests among volunteers. 

- Naoko

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